Saeid Fard

Saeid Fard was an Investment Banker

Saeids rating: A lowly 2/5

I worked at Goldman Sachs in the summer of 2006. It was a one-of-a-kind learning experience, but I simply wasn't cut out for the hours or the personalities. Added to that, being on the "sell-side" (i.e., you're underwriting and selling securities) vs. the buyside (i.e., hedgefunds etc), means that you're at the whim of demanding and capricious clients. The work was actually very interesting - especially since 2006 was an incredibly busy time in IBD so they had to give summer "real" work. Investment Banking is a good stepping stone into other top-tier finance jobs but if you stay in banking the whole time, it becomes more-or-less a sales job with some basic finance knowledge. It's not for people who care about being good investors.

Saeid Fard was a Management Consultant

Saeids rating: A satisfactory 3/5

Being a Management Consultant at one of the big firms straight out of college is an incredible experience that very few people get. Within a month, I was given more responsibility than I was used to, and very little direct guidance of what exactly is right. It's cliche to say, but it truly is an unparalleled learning experience for anyone in their early twenties. That also means it's a gruelling experience. While I didn't entirely coast through college, getting an undergrad degree in commerce is not by any stretch of the imagination among the harder things you can do with four years of your life, and so consulting, in comparison, was a brutal white collar bootcamp. Yes you fly first class, stay in nice hotels, and eat enough steak to personally account for a measurable contribution to deforestation required to grow corn for cows, or whatever it is cows eat nowadays. But all that pampering is there to make you feel slightly better that you haven't had a proper 8 hours of sleep in a week and have resigned yourself to altogether stop making social plans since you've had to bail on every single one for as long as you can remember.

At the end of a roast, when a comedian has completely humiliated the roastee, they usually end it with "all that being said" and say something incredibly nice. So in that vein, all that being said, Management Consulting is an incredibly sought after gig for a reason. It teaches you more about business and professionalism than anything else. I was more stressed in my two years as a consultant than I have been total in the five years since leaving. But I would hands down do it again. It's the little things, you know? How do you build rapport with a 50 year executive? How do you structure an effective meeting? How do you strategically break down a problem? That's the kind of useful shit you learn.

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Saeid is a Philosopher

Philosophers love being creative with their ideas. They have active imaginations and love exploring anomalies and sometimes scientific curiosities in the physical world. Philosophers like unstructured situations that provide them with room to get creative in their work. They like to interpret the world around them and thrive when they are able to express their findings.

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